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Media picks Cats fifth in SEC East; Benny Snell left off preseason All-SEC teams

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

SEC Football Media Days concluded on Thursday with media in attendance predicting Alabama to win the 2017 SEC Championship.

Georgia was selected to win the SEC Eastern Division with 1,572 points, including 138 first-place votes, narrowly edging two-time defending division champion Florida who was second with 1,526 points and 96 votes to win the division. Tennessee was third with 998 total points. Points were awarded on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale.

Alabama was picked to win the SEC Western Division with 1,683 total points, while Auburn was second with 1,329. Alabama received 225 first-place votes in the West. LSU was third with 1,262 points.

 

Six times since 1992 – four times in the last 20 –  the predicted champion at SEC Media Days has proceeded to win the SEC Championship. Media in attendance have correctly predicted the eventual champion two of the last three seasons.

Alabama had the most first-team All-SEC selections this season with 10, which is a new record for the SEC Media Days All-SEC Team. 

 

EASTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)

School Points
Georgia (138)

1572

Florida (96)

1526

Tennessee (3)

998

South Carolina (5)

897

Kentucky

869

Vanderbilt

554

Missouri

388

 

 

 

WESTERN DIVISION (1st Place votes in parenthesis)

School Points
Alabama (225)

1683

Auburn (13)

1329

LSU (4)

1262

Arkansas (1)

796

Texas A&M

722

Mississippi State

633

Ole Miss

379

 

 

SEC CHAMPION

School Points
Alabama

217

Auburn

11

Georgia

6

LSU

3

Florida

3

South Carolina

1

Vanderbilt

1

Arkansas

1

 

2017 PRESEASON MEDIA DAYS ALL-SEC TEAM

(Total points earned in parenthesis)

 

OFFENSE

First-Team

QB        Jalen Hurts, Alabama (196)

RB        Derrius Guice, LSU (223)       

RB        Nick Chubb, Georgia (211)   

WR       Calvin Ridley, Alabama (232)              

WR       Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (197)   

TE         Isaac Nauta, Georgia (134)    

OL        Braden Smith, Auburn (201)       

OL        Martez Ivey, Florida (198)                  

OL        Jonah Williams, Alabama (187)                       

OL        Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama (174)      

C          Frank Ragnow, Arkansas (174)                         

 

Second-Team

QB       Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State (121)                           

RB        Bo Scarbrough, Alabama (151)   

RB        Kamryn Pettway, Auburn (141)         

WR       Antonio Callaway, Florida (152)                    

WR       J’Mon Moore, Missouri (91)        

TE         Hayden Hurst, South Carolina (115)                   

OL        Isaiah Wynn, Georgia (116) 

OL        Jashon Robertson, Tennessee (108)                     

OL        K.J. Malone, LSU (101)              

OL        Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State (101)                     

C          Bradley Bozeman, Alabama (155)                               

 

Third-Team

QB        Austin Allen, Arkansas (102)                                          

RB        Ralph Webb, Vanderbilt (105)               

RB        Sony Michel, Georgia (30)       

WR       Deebo Samuel, South Carolina (64)                    

WR       Jauan Jennings, Tennessee (42)             

TE         DeAndre Goolsby, Florida (76)                         

OL        Lester Cotton, Alabama (96)           

OL        Greg Little, Ole Miss (94)          

OL        Javon Patterson, Ole Miss (87)             

OL        Koda Martin, Texas A&M (69)          

C           Will Clapp, LSU (66)                  

 

 

DEFENSE

First-Team

DL        Da’Ron Payne, Alabama (196)                             

DL        Da’Shawn Hand, Alabama (180)                     

DL         Trenton Thompson, Georgia (172)                 

DL        Marquis Haynes, Ole Miss (159)                  

LB         Arden Key, LSU (191)                 

LB         Rashaan Evans, Alabama (180)                    

LB         Roquan Smith, Georgia (157)                

DB        Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (232)            

DB        Ronnie Harrison, Alabama (156)                 

DB        Armani Watts, Texas A&M (137)             

DB        Duke Dawson, Florida (137)         

 

Second-Team

DL        Cece Jefferson, Florida (151)                                  

DL         Marlon Davidson, Auburn (120)            

DL         Christian LaCouture, LSU (107)             

DL         Denzil Ware, Kentucky (78)    

LB         Shaun Dion Hamilton, Alabama (156)                    

LB        Skai Moore, South Carolina (128) 

LB         Tre’ Williams, Auburn (103)   

DB        Tray Matthews, Auburn (126)                  

DB        Donte Jackson, LSU (123)                 

DB        Carlton Davis, Auburn (109)                    

DB       Dominick Sanders, Georgia (109)       

 

Third-Team

DL        Marcell Frazier, Missouri (77)      

DL         Jabari Zuniga, Florida (76)  

DL        Dontavius Russell, Auburn (70)                  

DL         Rashard Lawrence, LSU (54)              

LB         Jordan Jones, Kentucky (91)                   

LB         Lorenzo Carter, Georgia (82)    

LB         Oren Burks, Vanderbilt (58)                

DB        Anthony Averett, Alabama (104)      

DB        Marcell Harris, Florida (83)                  

DB        Mike Edwards, Kentucky (71)               

DB        Tony Brown, Alabama (62)                

               

 

SPECIALISTS

First-Team

P           JK Scott, Alabama (222)                               

PK        Daniel Carlson, Auburn (218)                                    

RS        Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (176)                               

AP        Christian Kirk, Texas A&M (161)                            

 

Second-Team

P           Johnny Townsend, Florida (99)                             

PK        Eddy Piniero, Florida (106)                                   

RS        Evan Berry, Tennssee (117)                    

AP        Derrius Guice, LSU (133)                  

 

Third-Team

P           Trevor Daniel, Tennessee (58)                        

PK        Gary Wunderlich, Ole Miss (94)                                    

RS         Antonio Callaway, Florida (84)             

AP        Kerryon Johnson, Auburn (66)               

 

3 comments

  1. Larry Pup

    Not much respect for Kentucky. That should motivate this UK team.

  2. TheProfessor

    We need some way to pin this item for easy retrieval in about 3 months to check on how well these experts did with respect to the Cats.

    Looking closely at this, the difference between UK, Tennessee, and South Carolina in the voting is very narrow, and that gives me continued optimism for the UK 2017 season..

  3. Mike

    Respect has to be earned on the field. Hopefully this will really motivate Snell to an even higher level of performance if that possible. Apparently there is nothing out there that will motivate Mt. Elam. He has earned the “calling out” he recently received.

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